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Title: The Style and Power of Nigerian Women in the Nigerian Newspapers
Author: Iyabode Omolara Daniel
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Homepage: http://www.nou.edu.ng/noun/index.htm
Institution: National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: English
Subject Language Family: Indo-European
Abstract: The issue of women and their position in relation to power within the social structure is not a new one. The protest against the patriarchal ideology inherent within the social structure has been the main focus of the feminist struggles. The role of the mass media in relation to women and power has usually been seen as negative and uncooperative to the woman's pursuit of powerful positions in the social scheme. We thus engaged the modification system of gender nouns as propounded in Halliday's Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) to interrogate some articles published in women's columns to find out how the women columnists perceive their power location in the Nigerian society. It is found that, contrary to expectations, their stylistic engagements of the nominal modification system reveal their seeing themselves and women as occupying, to a large extent, a powerful position in relation to the male in the society.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: ISBN 978 3 89586 458 2. Linguistics Edition
Publication Info: Language, Literature and Discourse: A festschrift in honour of Prof. A. L. Oyeleye


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